With so many similarities to the United States, in terms of culture, economy and diversity, it’s no wonder so many Americans have made the nation of England their new home. The landscape and nightlife are huge draws to Americans who are moving to England, but they also appreciate moving to an area that still has a few familiarities of home.
Moving to England is a big decision but one that can be smoothly implemented if you plan accordingly. Preparing for the move will take time and effort on your part, but it will pay off in the long run as you enjoy all the benefits of your new home in England.
Moving to England—Choosing the Right Time
Making a move across town can feel overwhelming, so moving across an ocean could feel downright unbearable. Before you embark on moving to England, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself and others happy and less stressed.
Assuming it’s possible, the best thing to do is choose the right timing for you and your family. Try to stay away from times when you have a new baby and are already tired and stressed. If you have older children, try to wait until school is out, so your children can start fresh at their new school with everyone else. Take into account the weather. Winter may not be the most ideal time to try to move furniture. Your furniture, carpets and floors will have more wear and tear from the constant walking in and out of the house with wet, snowy boots.
Making Your Next Move
If you’re allowed the liberty of choosing when you get to move, you now need to plan on how you’re going to move. In this case, a moving company would be a necessity. They will know how to clear customs with your belongings and how to get them safely and securely to your new home. Choose a moving company with which you have a good report. Ensure that you check references and know that they deliver high-quality customer service.
The moving company should provide you with a complete, no-obligation moving estimate. The moving company will send out a representative to visually survey your belongings. This allows the company to give you an accurate quote on what it will cost to move your items. Be sure to check with two to three different companies to get the best rate. However, keep in mind that sometimes the decision comes down to who you most connected with during your initial conversations. The prices may all be similar, but your personality may click with one representative over another.
Getting Your Affairs in Order
After you’ve secured your moving company and the date you plan to move, you need to start on your paperwork, and, if you haven’t already, finding your new home. Ask trusted co-workers, friends or family if they have any advice. You’ll also want to do some research on the Web to find out about certain areas of the country: where are the best schools, close proximity to work, nightlife, activities, etc. You’ll also want to find a good realtor to get you into your new dream home.
Paperwork, such as visas and passports, will need to be applied for and supplied before you can make the move, so get started on those items as soon as possible. There are attorneys or private companies that will help execute your papers in a timely manner.
Moving to England will be an exciting time for everyone involved. Take the time to prepare everyone and spend lots of quality time with close friends and family before you make the move. You’ll be glad to take those memories with you to your new home.